Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees
XXI. RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED ON THE REPORTS OF THE THIRD COMMITTEE
2198. Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees
The General Assembly,
Considering that the Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, signed at Geneva on 28 July 1951,1 covers only those persons who have become refugees as a result of events occurring before 1 January 1951,
Considering that new refugee situations have arisen since the Convention was adopted and that the refugees concerned may therefore not fall within the scope of the Convention,
Considering that it is desirable that equal status should be enjoyed by all refugees covered by the definition in the Convention, irrespective of the date-line of 1 January 1951,
Taking note of the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Programme of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees2 that the draft Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees should be submitted to the General Assembly after consideration by the Economic and Social Council, in order that the Secretary-General might be authorized to open the Protocol for accession by Governments within the shortest possible time,
Considering that the Economic and Social Council, in its resolution 1186 (XLI) of 18 November 1966, took note with approval of the draft Protocol3 contained in the addendum to the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and concerning measures to extend the personal scope of the Convention, and transmitted the addendum to the General Assembly,
1. Takes note of the Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, the text of which is contained in the addendum to the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees;
2. Requests the Secretary-General to transmit the text of the Protocol to the States mentioned in article V thereof, with a view to enabling them to accede to the Protocol.
1495th plenary meeting,
16 December 1966.
1 United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 189 (1954), No. 2545.
2 Official Records of the General Assembly, Twenty-first Session, Supplement No. 11A (A/6311/Rev.1/Add.1), part two, para. 38.
3 Ibid., part one, para. 2.